Riccardo Frizza, Xabier Aduaga & Jessica Pratt lead Teatro San Carlo’s ‘Il Barbiere di Siviglia’

By Francisco Salazar

The Teatro San Carlo di Napoli is set to present a revival of Filippo Crivelli’s classic production of Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia.”

The production, which premiered in 1998 features set designs by Lele Luzzati and costumes by Santuzza Cali.

Riccardo Frizza wll conduct the work and said, “conducting what is perhaps the best-loved opera buffa in the repertoire is always a challenge. The dramaturgical and musical complexity of this masterpiece is almost ‘hidden’ by the immediacy with which it is received and enjoyed by audiences. I’ve been exploring this treasure by Rossini for almost 20 years and each time I discover new ideas, always aware that bringing out the work’s dazzling beauty requires an excellent orchestra and chorus, singer/actors who can perform acrobatics but never just for the sake of it, stage set and direction that never give way to the temptation of cheap comedy, which would almost certainly turn into vulgarity, something that couldn’t be further from the great elegance of ‘Il barbiere.'”

The production will star Xabier Anduaga, Carlo Lepore, Jessica Pratt, Davide Luciano, and Riccardo Fassi.

For the upcoming production, Pratt has announced that she will sing a different aria for the lesson scene going back to the traditions of Rossini and using the critical edition by Alberto Zedda.

“Il Barbiere di Siviglia” opens on July 6 and runs through July 16, 2022.